Call for proposals to the Persephone Miel Fellowship for 2012 is now open

The deadline is February 15. The winner will be announced by March 15.

The fellowship, overseen by the Pulitzer Center in collaboration with Internews, is designed to help media professionals outside of the United States do the kind of reporting they've always wanted to do, and enable them to bring their work to a broader international audience. The fellowship will benefit those with limited access to other fellowships or international distribution of their work.

See the announcement of the fellowship at the Internews ceremony in honor of Persephone in October 2010. And the announcement of the three 2011 fellows.

Learn how you can support the Persephone Miel Fellowship Fund.

Terms of travel grant: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will provide a travel grant of $7500 for a reporting project on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the mainstream American media. Specific grant terms are negotiated during the application process based on the scope of proposed work and intended outcomes. Payment of first half of the grant is disbursed prior to travel, upon receipt of required materials, and the second half on submission of principal work for publication/broadcast.

The Center will also work with the fellowship recipients to distribute the work across multiple platforms in the US to reach the widest possible audience. Projects with multi-media components that combine print/photography and video are strongly encouraged.

Eligibility: The Persephone Miel fellowships are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers; staff journalists as well as free-lancers and media professionals outside the US, who are seeking to report from their home country. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be proficient in English

Selection: The fellowship recipient will be selected by the Pulitzer Center in consultation with Internews. Selection will be based on the strength of the proposed topic and the strength of the applicant's work as demonstrated in their work samples. We are looking for projects that explore systemic issues in the applicants' native countries and that provide an overarching thesis, rather than individual spot-reports from the field.

Deadline: February 15, 2012

How to apply:

Applications should be sent to: mielfellowship@pulitzercenter.org

Applications must be received in English.

Applications should include the following in the body of the e-mail. This is very important. If the following items are not included directly in the e-mail (i.e. do NOT send as attachments), we will not review the proposal.

  • A description of the proposed project in 250 words or less
  • A preliminary budget estimate, including a basic breakdown of costs. Travel grants cover hard costs associated with the reporting, please do not include stipends for the applicants. Fixer/translator/driver fees are acceptable
  • Three links to samples of work in English if available online (if not available, please attach to the e-mail; video samples can be sent by mail to below address in DVD format)
  •   Three professional references. These can be either contact information, or letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation can be attached or sent separately).

As an attachment: Curriculum vitae

Applications may also include a more detailed description of project but this will be considered as optional supplement only. The most important part of the submission is the 250-word summary.

It is important to follow these exact directions when submitting your application.

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